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In the 1930s, tent cities sprang up in Southern Nevada to house construction workers during the building of Hoover Dam, and in 1942, hundreds of temporary houses were built near the industrial plants in Henderson. One of those plants, Basic Magnesium, supplied the US War Department with magnesium for munitions and airplane parts during World War II.  

Front porch of Poverello House by Richmond American Homes

Thanks to Summerlin homebuilder, Richmond American Homes, one of those “temporary” townsite homes that is today used as a day shelter for the homeless, is getting an entire make-over.

Located at 218 Platinum Street in a historic part of Henderson, the Poverello House is a place where homeless men and women can enjoy a meal, do laundry, shower, rest, watch television and take care of other daily needs. Poverello House was founded in 1997 by Brother David Buer, a Franciscan Friar.  The shelter continues to be operated by the Franciscans and is fully supported by private donations.

Kitchen in Poverello House by Richmond American Homes

HomeAid, the official outreach partner of Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, recruited Richmond American Homes to be the Builder Captain for the project, which includes new flooring throughout, new kitchen cabinets, countertops, pantry, outside landscaping and a new storage shed.  Thanks to the generosity of Richmond American Homes and its partners, all labor and materials are donated to complete the job.

Bedroom at Poverello House by Richmond American Homes

Thank you, Richmond American Homes, for stepping up to make a real difference in the lives of our valley’s most vulnerable citizens! 

Living Room at Poverello House by Richmond American Homes